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diamond
03-17-2013, 03:17 AM
Hello guys,

I have the possibility of getting a genuine Windows 8 copy to install in my G74SX but I have my doubts if it will work perfectly as Windows 7 Home Premium works right now in my machine.
So I have some questions...
- Once I installed the Windows 8 version can I still use the factory recovery partition?
- Are there any recognized bugs/malfunctions of using Windows 8 with G74SX?
- Are the drivers for Windows 7 - 64 bit from ASUS website supported in Windows 8?

Thanks in advance.

getmealive
03-17-2013, 08:02 AM
Windows 8 Works well with ASUS G74sx. go ahead and install your genuine copy of windows 8 in your G74sx. but if you want to go back to windows 7, just don't delete the recovery partition during installation. I have ASUS G74sx and installed windows 8 pro in it too.

there are no bugs or malfunctions of using windows 8 with G74sx. currently Asus does not support windows 8 with G74Sx. Asus does not provide windows 8 drivers for G74Sx. however mostly windows 7 64bit driver works well in windows 8. and some Asus applications written for windows 7 are working in windows 8 too.

Broadcom/Atheros Bluetooth driver for windows 7 is not working in windows 8. to get it to work I had to download the latest Bluetooth driver for win8 from Asus support site.

diamond
03-17-2013, 10:17 PM
Hm, interesting. But how about the keyboard lights and the profile switcher button ? Do they work as well ? I'm more concerned about the keyboard functions... the rest I can figure out...

Pitcher@asus
03-18-2013, 02:17 AM
ASUS have not provide win 8 driver, you will find driver by youself, asus not promise it is able to use, if you want to back win 7 system, don't delete recover partition, maybe you can search from here, most of people have install win 8 system and share in here.

Montavious
03-20-2013, 03:02 PM
Well I know none of my ASUS utililes are working now. And under my system info my PC isnt showing up as an ASUS computer anymore. I tried downloading Power4Gear again, but when my PC starts up its saying my computer needs to be an ASUS computer to work, which it is. SOme of the original keyboard functions still work, but a LOT of them dont work anymore. Ive never been a big hotkey user so it doesnt bother me that much. I just installed windows 8 yesterday so ask if you have any questions. But I can say there is nothing that is really bothering me about upgrading, so far.

pineappleXpress
03-28-2013, 08:16 PM
I installed windows 8 Pro with no problems. Everything works. I reinstalled some drivers from ASUS website.

digitard
04-03-2013, 01:43 AM
Has anyone, yet, been able to ghetto rig the ASUS tools to work?

I, primary, don't wish to give out my fn keys and things like that. I'd like to swap over to 8, though, as it's grown on me using it on my desktop (wife wanted Metro... I wanted a reason to wipe out the PC and run a fresh install).

cl-Albert
04-04-2013, 09:48 PM
Has anyone, yet, been able to ghetto rig the ASUS tools to work?

I, primary, don't wish to give out my fn keys and things like that. I'd like to swap over to 8, though, as it's grown on me using it on my desktop (wife wanted Metro... I wanted a reason to wipe out the PC and run a fresh install).

Haven't tried Win8 on the G74Sx, so hopefully someone else will chime in, but from what I remember running Win8 Release Preview before on some of our other notebooks, many Fn keys will still work with only Win8 installed and no other drivers, but you just don't see the onscreen indicator like the brightness level, volume level, etc.
Some functions like Power4 Gear or disabling the touchpad need additional software installed to work with the Fn keys though.

Anyway, if you do end up getting this far and can take the risk, just wanted to say you might try to grab the Win8 ATK driver from one of the newer models like the G75VW to see if it helps with the onscreen display etc. although I should tell you to be prepared in case it doesn't work out.

If you already have a copy of Win8 and a spare hard drive available, there probably isn't much reason not to give it a try at least.

OldNESJunkie
04-04-2013, 10:17 PM
Only thing I did was to install the ASUS ATK utilities from the G75VX support page as they are Win 8 compliant. I have had no issues since installation with any of the FN keys or the like. v1.0.0026 of the ATK utilities. I got it from here:
http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=G75vx&p=3&s=336

digitard
04-05-2013, 05:25 AM
I may just give it a try, then. Can always flip back. I did a fresh install of the stock Win 7 a few weeks ago anyways so all I have are a bunch of Steam games, and some Multimedia editing utilities/Office 2K13, etc.

Galdor
04-06-2013, 03:50 PM
Only thing I did was to install the ASUS ATK utilities from the G75VX support page as they are Win 8 compliant. I have had no issues since installation with any of the FN keys or the like. v1.0.0026 of the ATK utilities. I got it from here:
http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=G75vx&p=3&s=336

Yes, don't worry about fn keys, keyboard backlit and touchpad drivers, there are win8 drivers, i'm using v1.0.0027 and no problem so far, but don't install other asus bloatware, they are useless. One more thing, don't upgrade, do a clean install, I had problem with touchpad when I upgraded from 7 to 8, after clean install it is solved.

digitard
04-07-2013, 04:54 PM
Yeah,
The only time I would upgrade is if I ran out of installs for my Office installation, but I can always call MS worst case and have them get that squared away if I have an issue. I'd bypass it, but I actually use Outlook/Word 2K13 fairly regularly for work stuff.

I'm going to give it a try probably next week after I finish a project for an iOS game we're about to release.

Fennix
04-21-2013, 06:54 AM
Hi,
I have installed windows 8 pro without problems.
After the original drivers that come for win 7 in compatibility mode for win7, without bluetooth, tis one is installed and go fine with the instalation of win 8
work everything but the tachpad

digitard
04-25-2013, 11:36 AM
Loaded Windows 8 Professional today. Forgot the wifes work has part of that "work from home" program discount with MS, and it's crazy cheap. So I picked it up.

Threw the recommended drivers on the first page, and my hot keys are fine (just no animations).
Loaded the Trackpad Win8 driver form the g75 so I could at least have the easy to configure interface (since i change my clicks peed, pad speed, etc) and it's fine.

Threw all the standard detected drivers, and updated nVidia driver and again... fine.

So far no issues to report at all.

ValleyOfShadows
06-24-2013, 04:19 PM
I'm running Win8 Pro 64 on he G74sx-BBK11. All Fn keys are working, the keyboard is lit up (I'm typing in the dark), all my software runs perfectly. If you want to upgrade, by all means go for it. Only remember that it has no start button like Windows 7. I got mine from Start8.

christophevond
08-12-2013, 01:51 PM
I saw some people got the touch-pad driver to work. Is this using the default Win8 drivers or did you find drivers somewhere. I know that it "works" but I want to ability to turn if off if I put a mouse in and to disable tap to click.

redheadedrod
11-11-2013, 06:58 AM
I tried Win 8.1 pro and although I could get the touchpad to be recognized and could change settings it did not appear to be fully working. I could not turn the touchpad on and off which makes it almost impossible for me to use the laptop as I use it for programming at school. If I could get the touchpad to work with turning it on and off I would be sold. Also having issues with the blue tooth but I installed an intel 7260 in my laptop after reading the one that came in mine wouldn't work with windows 8. Not sure if using the intel drivers that are on the asus site might be my best choice for this.

But the touch pad issue is what is keeping me from using it.

Holypriest
01-04-2014, 10:57 AM
after trying win 8 before and not liking it, I read this thread and decided to give it a go today again with win 8.1.
So far after installing playing around and updating, and adding classic shell, i do think i like it.
No problems to report yet, exept for the ones mentioned in thread that ATK package works from the G75, so all <fn keys do their bit, you only do not get the animated icons, butit works..

Also someone mentioned the touchpad, it works with the windows drivers as a mouse if you want o use it, but I always turn it completely off and use another normal mouse.

Best way to turn it of is go into devicemanager right klick it select update drivers, choose let me choose browse from a specific location, and unclick show only compatible devices.
Now pick logitech, then scroll down to the last option at bottom and choose other logitech serial mouse, and choose that as your driver. Install
click ok. Device manager will now always show touchpad as logitech but with exclamation mark asvfaulty drivers, but it will be completely shut off and it will not harm your computor in any way.. just a nice sollution that works...snd your hands can rest on it always:)

to restore it just do a normal search for best drivers and windows will install it to work again, if you ever need it....

Nino_1973
07-26-2014, 07:26 AM
here are all the drivers for Windows 8 and 8.1 for asus G74Sx :D

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bzrk6D4-sn1wTWtRd0NLc1VKcGM/edit